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Mt Messenger Bypass

Publicly Notified - 27 January 2018

Proposed State Highway 3 roading project between Uruti and Ahititi in North Taranaki

Public notification under sections 95A(3)(a) and 169(1)(b) of the Resource Management Act 1991.

The NZ Transport Agency has served a notice of requirement to alter the existing State Highway 3 designation in the New Plymouth District Plan.

Taranaki Regional Council and New Plymouth District Council have also received resource consent applications for this project. The two consent authorities shall jointly hear the applications, if a hearing is required. All submissions and other correspondence should be directed to New Plymouth District Council (email or online correspondence is preferred).

Summary of planning applications

New Plymouth District Council:

  • DSN17/44711 – alteration to Designation N36 to designate land for the construction and operation of the Mt Messenger Bypass – a new section of State Highway 3, located east of the existing highway corridor, between Uruti and Ahititi, in North Taranaki.
  • LUC18/47193 – land use consent to disturb soil under the National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health Regulations 2011, associated with constructing the Mt Messenger Bypass.

 Taranaki Regional Council:

  • Application 17-10429-1.0(A) - To dam, take and use surface water from the Mangapepeke Stream and Mimi River, and to erect and use temporary weirs on the bed of the Mangapepeke Stream and Mimi River associated with constructing the Mt Messenger Bypass, and to divert, take and use groundwater as a consequence of excavations and tunneling associated with constructing and operating the Mt Messenger Bypass
  • Application 17-10429-1.0(B) - To divert, disturb, realign and modify sections of the Mangapepeke Stream, Mimi River and their tributaries associated with constructing and operating the Mt Messenger Bypass
  • Application 17-10429-1.0(C) - To install, use and remove temporary culverts in the Mangapepeke Stream, Mimi River and their tributaries for the purpose of constructing the Mt Messenger Bypass
  • Application 17-10429-1.0(D) - To install and use culverts in the Mangapepeke Stream, Mimi River and their tributaries and to install a bridge over a tributary of the Mimi River associated with constructing and operating the Mt Messenger Bypass
  • Application 17-10429-1.0(E) - To discharge to land, water and to air from soil disturbance and earthworks, to undertake vegetation clearance, and to undertake riverbed planting associated with constructing and operating the Mt Messenger Bypass


Project documentation

The application documentation includes an assessment of environmental effects, supported by a number of technical reports. This information is provided in a PDF format, containing the following documents, and is available by clicking this link:

Volume 1


Assessment of Effects on the Environment

Appendix A - E

Application forms; objectives and policies assessment; schedule of properties; planning maps; draft conditions

Volume 2

Drawing Set

Volume 3

Technical Reports

Technical Report 1

Strategic Transport Assessment

Technical Report 2

Traffic and Transport Assessment

Technical Report 3

Resilience Assessment

Technical Report 4

Economics Assessment

Technical Report 5

Social Impact Assessment

Technical Report 6

Recreation Assessment

Technical Report 7

Assessments of Ecological Effects

Technical Report 7a


Technical Report 7b

Freshwater Ecology

Technical Report 7c


Technical Report 7d


Technical Report 7e


Technical Report 7f


Technical Report 7g

Marine Ecology

Technical Report 7h

Ecological Mitigation and Offset

Technical Report 8a

Landscape, Natural Character and Visual Assessment

Technical Report 8b

Landscape and Environment Design Framework

Technical Report 9

Historic Heritage Assessment

Technical Report 10

Environmental Noise and Vibration Assessment

Technical Report 11

Air Quality Assessment

Technical Report 12

Contaminated Land Assessment

Technical Report 13

Construction Water Assessment Report

Technical Report 14

Geotechnical Appraisal



Maori Values Assessment

Volume 4

Consideration of alternatives – Options assessment reports

Volume 5

Draft Management Plans

Print copies of the application may also be inspected at the following locations:

  • New Plymouth District Council Civic Centre, Liardet Street, New Plymouth.
  • Taranaki Regional Council, 47 Cloten Road, Stratford.
  • South Taranaki District Council Administration Building, 105-111 Albion Street, Hawera.
  • Mokau Museum, 33 North Street, Mokau.
  • Urenui Library, Takiroa Street, Urenui.
  • Waitara Library and Service Centre, Queen Street, Waitara.
  • Bell Block Library and Service Centre, Parklands Avenue, Bell Block.
  • Inglewood Library and Service Centre, 46 Rata Street, Inglewood.
  • Puke Ariki Library, Ariki Street, New Plymouth.
  • Oakura Library, 16 Donnelly Street, Oakura.
  • Opunake LibraryPlus, 43 Tasman Street, Opunake.
  • Eltham LibraryPlus, 168 High Street, Eltham.
  • Waitomo District Council, Queen Street, Te Kuiti.
  • Otorohanga District Council, 17 Maniapoto Street, Otorohanga.
  • Waikato Regional Council, 401 Grey Street, Hamilton East.

If you have any questions about the application, please contact New Plymouth District Council.

Making a submission

The submission must be in Form 13 for submissions on resource consents and Form 21 for submissions on the designation (Resource Management (Forms, Fees and Procedure) Regulations 2003). Please click the PDF link below which includes both forms in a single document specific to this project. 

Sending in your submission 

You may make a submission on the notice of requirement and/or resource consents by sending an email to or a written submission to Planning Lead, New Plymouth District Council at Liardet Street, Private Bag 2025, New Plymouth 4342.

Submissions close on Tuesday 27 February 2018.

You must serve a copy of your submission on the NZ Transport Agency (which is the requiring authority and the applicant), as soon as reasonably practicable after serving your submission to New Plymouth District Council.
The agency’s address for service is: Mt Messenger Alliance, Level 4, 180 Taranaki Street, Wellington 6011.
Email (preferred):


Any person may make a submission on the application, but a person who is a trade competitor of the applicant may do so only if that person is directly affected by an effect of the activity to which the application relates that:

(a) adversely affects the environment; and

(b) does not relate to trade competition or the effects of trade competition.







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